Jan Showers

Posted on March 26, 2014 by

Jan Showers, Interior Designs, Style, Antiques

Jan Showers is truly an inspiration. Her vision for not only designing a space, but her ability to put together truly unique items and colors is a gift. Her style is timeless, seemingly effortless with a touch of glamour that combines textures and a variety of periods. To me each space Jan creates has a feeling of personality and a space where one can actually live in style without having to worry about ruining anything. In her designs, it is clear that Jan has a sense of style that continues to evolve yet remains classic. It is no wonder that notable publications such as Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, InStyle Home, Town & Country, and many others have not only featured her work but also have recognized her firm notably has one of the top design & architecture firms in the U.S.

Jan Showers, Tablescapes,  Interior Design, Style, Antiques, Bar Top

I especially love her tablescapes, which bring fun and character to any room. I am inspired by her attention to detail and use of color. Each space is interesting in its own way and my eyes never seem to get bored. It makes total sense that in 2002, Jan started to make custom pieces that she had been designing for her clients.

For a great read and a beautiful coffee table book, be sure to pick up Jan’s books. The first one is titled “Glamorous Rooms”, which is now in its sixth printing and is a compilation of Jan’s work over the past 25 years.  Her second book titled “Glamorous Retreats”, takes you into Jan’s most luxurious spaces across North American and the Caribbean. Both books are a must read that will leave you inspired!

All images via JanShowers.com To find out more about Jan Showers and her firm, visit their website here.

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Lee Industries

Posted on March 12, 2014 by

Lee Industries, Eco-Friendly Furniture, Envorinmental Friendly Furnishings, Design

Lee Industries is a truly unique home furnishing company that has vision and commitment. This family owned and operated company has been setting new standards in the home furnishing industry for over forty years. Their mission is to create not only high quality home furnishing products, but also to do so in a completely sustainable and environmental friendly way. Using cutting edge technologies, each item is built in the U.S.A. Their designs are innovative, stylish, top quality and all made from uncompromised materials. Each piece goes beyond a piece of furniture and transforms into a piece of art that remains functional yet comfortable. For more information about Lee Industries, visit their website. Their designs, company story and environmental goals are truly inspiring and will leave you wanting more!

Lee Industries, Eco-Friendly Furniture, Environmental Friendly Furnishings, Design, Outdoor Furniture

I love their use of fresh colors that pop yet remain classic. Some of my favorite pieces are the outdoor furnishings that you can uncover and are easy to maintain. In true form, Lee Industries redefines outdoor furniture too.

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fun creative ideas for children’s birthday parties

Posted on August 15, 2013 by

Hosting children’s birthday parties in your home can sometimes be challenging.  Pintrest is a wonderful source for creative ideas for many things, especially kid themed parties!  Enjoy the photos below from a party we had for one of our daughters.

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a perfect summertime treat: Ina Garten’s Eton Mess

Posted on July 11, 2013 by

This weekend we are going to a dinner party at a friend’s house and everyone was asked to bring a Barefoot Contessa dish. I selected a dessert called Eton Mess that Ina Garten has in the “How Easy Is That? – Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips” cookbook.  It is very easy to make and is a perfect summertime treat.

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4 (6-ounce) packages fresh raspberries, divided (I chose to do a combination of strawberries and raspberries)

1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar (I chose to substitute some of the sugar with maple syrup and raspberry jam)

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tablespoon framboise liqueur

1-1/2 cup cold heavy cream

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3 (3-inch) bakery meringue shells, broken in pieces (or I purchase a container of small vanilla meringues from Trader Joe’s)

Pour 2 packages of the raspberries, 1 cup of sugar, and the lemon juice into a 10-inch sauté pan.  Crush the berries lightly with a fork and bring the mixture to a full boil over medium-high heat.  Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is syrupy.  Fold the remaining 2 packages of raspberries and the framboise into the hot mixture and refrigerate until very cold.  I added in several leaves of finely chopped fresh basil and mint once the mixture was cold.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the cream, the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar, and the vanilla together on medium-high speed until it forms firm peaks.

In decorative glasses, layer a spoonful of the whipped cream, a spoonful of the raspberry mixture, and then a few meringue pieces.  Repeat once or twice, depending on the size of the glasses, until the glasses are full, ending with berries and a dollop of cream.  Serve immediately or chill for an hour, until ready to serve.

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kick the summer heat: McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix

Posted on July 9, 2013 by

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In the height of summer, we are in high Bloody Mary Season and I can’t think of a better way to savor the flavor and kick the heat than to indulge with McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix.  Incorporating their famous pickles as a base for the mix, brothers Bob and Joe McClure have created a strong, yet savory Bloody Mary Mix.  The second you feel the desire to pop open a jar you’ll immediately be transfixed by aromas of pickle brine and garlic, which is the base of this sensational mix.  Other ingredients include vinegar, tomato paste, cucumber juice, salt, hot pepper, garlic, dill, and black pepper; and for those non-horseradish lovers, this mix is horseradish FREE!  The consistency of the mix is thin and light, not too sweet, and perfectly spiced! In addition to complimenting it with your favorite vodka, it also works as a base in your summer gazpacho.


Since McClure’s pickles have been produced by the McClure family for generations, quality and freshness are a guarantee.  McClure’s pickles and Bloody Mary Mix are made from local produce whenever possible when in season.  When local produce are not available in season, they speak directly with the growers at selected farms to assure that the produce are of superior quality.  They stress their commitment to quality even in their labels, which are made of environmentally friendly soy and vegetable inks.  So savor the flavor and cheers to McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix.  Perfect for any barbecue, also try their flavorsome relish available in garlic & dill and spicy.


Here’s a recipe that combines my dad’s famous Bloody Mary’s along with a few extra ingredients we have added. At your next BBQ, set up a Bloody Mary bar and let your guests decide what to garnish their drinks with. Cheers!

In a pitcher, mix these ingredients:

-  McClure’s Spicy Bloody Mary mix combined with Zing Zang Bloody Mary mix
-  Tito’s Homemade Vodka, to taste preference
-  1 lemon cut into slices
-  1 lime cut into slices
-  1 light beer of your choice (or more than one beer depending on the amount of Bloody’s you are making)

Garnishes for guests to pick from:

-  Celery stalks
-  Basil leaves
-  Sage leaves
-  Pickles
-  Pickled green beans
-  Oranges
-  Olives
-  Horseradish
-  Hot sauces

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